Monday, July 28, 2014

In the Pink....



Have you ever heard about the DAISO stores???
I first heard about them when I read a blog post from my favorite PKM

Someone described it as Hello Kitty Meets the Dollar Store. 
I knew I had to get there one day.

Best news ever....they opened one close to where our kids live.

This is what I came home with...OH MY!!!!



How do you say NO to a spritz bottle with a bunny???

The hangers will be the base for some crochet designs.

  I have always loved those crocheted hangers
but my internet search showed the base hangers are a lot out of budget.

Not at DAISO!!!!




This hanging pocket organizer just needed to come home with me too. 

It is PINK ( enough said) and it matches my IKEA trolley 
filled with girlie fabrics for my girlies!!!


I am using it to display patterns that will inspire me to use them!!!!



My husband actually was brave enough to enter the store.

He was pretty uncertain about my excitement...
and them complimented me when I put a few things back. 

What was I thinking....so I went back and put them back in my cart!!!



These buttons are so darn CUTE....
and have I mentioned that EVERYTHING costs

$1.50 !!!!!

You can guess I will go back again.  
It was SEW much fun. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Cottages, B&Bs and more.....




I was completely in LOVE with Ireland.

For Jim's 40th birthday, I had a watercolor picture done of an Irish cottage.
It was our dream to see them some day....our dream came true. 




There was the majestic....


...and the cozy.




The true working farms...


...and the whimsical "pretend" farms too.


We found many ruins....


...and lovely colorful cities to enjoy. 




I wanted to peek inside each and every window!!!



Some we did get to stay inside....


and we could have stayed forever with Tom and Chrissy of the "Olde Bakery B&B".  


Irish B&B's are beyond hospitable...with lovely places to rest, 




.....and delightful  places to enjoy a meal. 






Not only did Drumcreehy House have an extensive buffet table of fruits,
 porridges, meats, cheeses and pastry,

 ( all using Nicholas Mosse Serving Pieces) , 


  

But in addition, you choose from their extensive menu items. 
Not very WW friendly, but it was our vacation afterall.  



We left each morning well fed and searching for adventures.

This day was very memorable...
we came across a small village on their yearly "trade, exchange or sell horses" event.


I very much wanted to take this little one home in my suitcase...



...but then again, I fell in love with this pony too!!!



If not a pony...perhaps a lamb????

I came home without livestock, but with memories that could fill a book.  



We miss Ireland...the sites, the food and always the people.  
It is as magical as we had hoped it would be. 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Magical Ireland...




If England is a fairytale.....
Ireland is a rustic and very real kind of country.

The ruins are breathtaking, and seem to be around 
every corner. 




The cottges are full of charm....


The Grand Estates are magnificent
 .



The Irish Coast is legendary....cold, harsh and oh so beautiful. 



You warm yourself with incredible soups and a brown bread that we fell in love with. 



We found many adorable Bed and Breakfasts, but this one was certainly our favorite. 

Drumcreehy House.....take a peek. 



Endless Clematis....unbelievable meals and much appreciated hospitality.




The people of Ireland are amazing.
Warm, friendly and they make you feel at home.

Of course we had to bring some "Clare Jams" home with us.
We told Clare that they were made just for her!!!



I think I will share a picture post of just the cottages....
there were so many, and they all were adorable.


Speaking of adorable....
the countryside is full of rustic rock fences, and endless horses to greet you.

Gorgeous landscapes, wonderful people and 
memorable adventures. 

Ireland will always be a destination we remember. 




Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy First Birthday....



It was time to celebrate a most joyous occasion in all of our lives....

Miss Emme has become a "one year old".  



She is full of sweetness....
and a year ago her Mommy was dreaming of this room.



Mommy had a favorite fabric that she wanted sprinkled thru out the nursery....


Can you guess which one it is????



....and because there was JUST enough left, 
Mommy asked for a birthday dress to be made for the very special day. 




The house was decorated with much care and celebration....




Inside the theme was "PINK".....



...and outside too!!!!




There were yummy treats for all....





Little Miss even showed off her sweet dress....




....and proudly stood up for a quick snap.

Taking steps will come later!!!!




Soon it was time for the dress to be safely removed
 and the FUN to begin. 




Big Brother was happy to show Emmerson what to do with her cake!!!




Happy  Birthday sweet Emmerson. 

You are a dream come true...
and I am SEW BLESSED to have you in my life. 





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jolly Olde England....


There is something so magical about England. 


Where the architecture in the city looks like this....


...and in the villages it looks like this. 


Where life just seems so much more civilized....


...and it becomes so very easy to pretend you are British.


You seek out Farmer's Markets for treats....


....and shows that you watch on PBS come to life!!!!


The shopping is WONDEROUS!!!!


Places you have dreamed to vist become REAL!!!!


You even get to shop where the ROYALS shop....what fun!!!



It is wonderful to walk thru the endless gardens just to still your heart. 


Then the endless gardens take you to the most magical places to visit. 


You get to see the wedding gowns of Queens....


...and the gowns of a Princess that will always hold my heart. 



England will always be the destination
 that I dream of returning to again and again.

Part fairytale, always charming, and forever in my memory. 
I love it so.